STL (STereoLithography) is a file format native to the stereolithography CAD software. This file format is supported by many other software packages; it is widely used for rapid prototyping, 3D printing and computer-aided manufacturing. STL files describe only the surface geometry of a three-dimensional object without any representation of color, texture or other common CAD model attributes. The STL format specifies both ASCII and binary representations. Binary files are more common, since they are more compact.
A SLDPRT file contains a 3D part created in the SOLIDWORKS design software.
Multiple SLDPRT parts can be independently modified and combined into a single SLDASM assembly file. If one SLDPRT part belongs to several assemblies, then after modifying it, the changes will appear in all assemblies.
SLDPRT are proprietary files with closed specifications. Nevertheless, some APIs (like CAD Exchanger SDK) provide the facility to read and convert them to other formats.
In addition to SOLIDWORKS software, SLDPRT files are supported by Autodesk Fusion 360.
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